Cause and Effect

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

The Law of Causality is a fact of life. Its first mention in Scripture is in Genesis 1:1—God (i.e., the cause) created the heavens and the earth (i.e., the effect). Humanity has always lived in a physical and spiritual world governed by cause and effect.

Three statements of causality are found in Hebrews 4:14-16.

First, because our great high priest—Jesus the Son of God—has passed through the heavens, we should cling tenaciously to our confession of faith in Him (v. 14).

Second, because of the sympathetic, yet sinless nature of our great high priest (v. 15), we should make it an ongoing habit (present tense in the Greek) of coming boldly to the universe’s throne of grace (v. 16).

Third, the practice of coming boldly to the throne of grace results in the blessings of mercy, grace, and help from God when it is most needed (v. 16).

Not only is the Law of Causality a powerful argument for the existence of the God of the Bible (Hebrews 3:4), it also provides powerful reasons for faithfulness and prayerfulness.

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